The Stripes

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The Stripes
Origin Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Genres Pop
Years active 1979 (1979)–1982 (1982)
Labels CBS
Associated acts Nena, Nena (band)
Past members

The Stripes were a German pop music ensemble founded on 2 July 1979 in the town of Hagen by Rainer Kitzmann, who played guitar.[1] The lead singer was Gabriele Susanne Kerner, before she became known as Nena Kerner, who would later form the band Nena. Another future member of the band Nena, Rolf Brendel (Nena's boyfriend at the time), played the drums. Frank Röhler played bass. The band was known for singing exclusively in English. They released five singles and one studio album,[2] after which they split up on 3 March 1982.[3][4] Their song "Ecstasy" was a minor hit.


The Stripes
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Studio album by The Stripes
Released 1980
Recorded April–July 1980
Studio Tonstudio Hiltpoltstein, Bavaria
Hotline Studios, Frankfurt
Length 45:58
Language English
Label CBS
Producer Andy Kirnberger
Singles from The Stripes
  1. "Ecstasy"
    Released: 1979
  2. "Strangers"
    Released: 1980
  3. "Tell Me Your Name"
    Released: 1980
  4. "Strangers / Observer"
    Released: 1980
  5. "Don't You Think That I'm a Lady?"
    Released: 1981

Studio album[edit]

The Stripes was the band's only album and the first studio album of its singer, Gabriele "Nena" Kerner. Initially an LP record,[5] it was re-released on CD in 1997[6] and again in 2004 with bonus tracks which were previously exclusive to some singles.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side A contains tracks 1–6 and side B contains tracks 7–13.

LP, CD[5][6]
No. Title Length
1. "Strangers" 3:06
2. "Tell Me Your Name" 3:15
3. "Observer" 2:32
4. "Don't You Think That I'm a Lady?" 3:16
5. "Leaving the Suburbs" 3:55
6. "I'm Not..." 3:00
7. "Tres Chichi" 2:31
8. "You Must Be Good for Something" 2:49
9. "On the Telephone" 3:13
10. "Weekend Love" 2:17
11. "Kicks in Berlin" 3:18
12. "01:59" 2:01
13. "Radio in Stereo" 2:09
2004 CD re-release bonus tracks[7]
No. Title Length
14. "Ecstasy" 2:42
15. "Normal Types" 2:51
16. "Lose Control" 3:03



  • Gabriele Kerner – vocals
  • Rainer Kitzmann – guitar
  • Rolf Brendel – drums and percussion
  • Frank Röhler – bass guitar
  • Andy Kirnberger – keyboard, assorted guitars, singing harmony and producer
  • Manfred Nauner – recording engineer at Tonstudio Hiltpoltstein
  • Nigel Jobson – English vocals on tracks 4 and 9, recording and mixing engineer at Hotline Studios
  • Udo Arndt – mixing engineer at Audio Tonstudio, Berlin


All singles[2] were released as 7-inch vinyl records at 45 RPM under the CBS label. "Ecstasy" and the B-sides "Normal Types" and "Lose Control" were included as bonus tracks on the re-release of the studio album.

Title Year B-side
"Ecstasy" 1979 "Normal Types"
"Strangers" 1980 "Lose Control"
"Tell Me Your Name" "Weekend Love"
"Strangers" "Observer"
"Don't You Think That I'm a Lady?" 1981 "On the Telephone"


Nena has often advertised her involvement with The Stripes – in 2003 when she made a guest appearance at Howard Jones' 20th anniversary concert in London, she wore a top emblazoned with the name of the band and the bonus tracks of the Made in Germany Live album included live performances of two of The Stripes' songs recorded at a Berlin concert in November 2009.[8]


  1. ^ "Inception of The Stripes". Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "The Stripes at the official Nena website". Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Stripes have disbanded". Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Die Story von Nena". Pop Rocky staralbum. Free supplement "Nena": 8. 1983. 
  5. ^ a b "The Stripes – LP, vinyl (CBS 84561)". Discogs. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "The Stripes – 1997 reissue (Columbia 487105 2)". Discogs. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "The Stripes – 2004 reissue (Columbia 487105 9)". Discogs. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Made in Germany Live album by Nena". Retrieved 15 November 2016. 

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